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Hypnotherapy For Phobias & Fears


Phobias & Fears

Hypnosis for phobias and fears is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are looking for alternative treatment methods. Conducted in a very friendly and fun environment Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with phobias and fears by focusing on the future rather than the past, concentrating on what the client wants to achieve rather than on the problem(s) that prompted them to seek change.

The sessions are a combination of learning how the brain works so the client can understand what makes them feel the way they do and more importantly what they can do about it. Hypnosis then reduces anxiety and this is done very simply through visualisation and relaxation allowing the client to focus on the positive aspects of their lives that then encourages a shift in perspective.

Phobias and fears are commonly listed together in conditions that affect people, it is important to note that they are two separate things, even though they are strongly linked. A fear can be a dislike, mistrust, a suspicion or a wariness of anything in the world. Some fears are rational and perhaps relate to a previous experience, while some fears can come totally out of the blue. A fear transforms into a phobia when a person takes active steps, or even alters their lifestyle, to manage their phobia or avoid it entirely. A fear can be annoying or a hindrance in life but a phobia is more serious and can have the ability to seriously restrict a person in life. Someone that suffers from a phobia doesn’t even need to see or come close to contact with the object of their phobia to be concerned; it is often enough for the thought of a phobia to send someone into a panic. There is no limit on what can be classed as a fear or a phobia but some of the most common phobias include:

  • Aerophobia:  A fear of flying
  • Agoraphobia:  A fear of open public spaces
  • Arachnophobia:  A fear of spiders
  • Claustrophobia:  A fear of confined spaces
  • Hypochondria:  A fear of illness
  • Social phobia: A fear of engaging with other people
  • Zoophobia:  A fear of animal

Given that there is virtually no limit on what a person can develop a fear or phobia of, it would be impossible to create a comprehensive list.

Symptoms of fears & phobias

There are a number of symptoms that can be associated with fears and phobias and of course, it is important to remember that different people react in different ways. Just because one person reacts in a more vivid or animated way doesn’t mean that they are necessarily more scared or concerned about what they are dealing with. The fact that a change in behaviour or mannerisms is often enough to signify that a person is experiencing symptoms of fears and phobias. It can be helpful to split the symptoms into:

  • Physical signs of symptoms
  • Emotional signs of symptoms

With respect to physical signs of the symptoms of fear and phobias, some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Having a difficulty in breathing
  • Pains or tightness in your chest
  • Finding it difficult to breathe
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • Feeling a churning sensation in your stomach
  • Sweating
  • Tingling sensations
  • Suffering from cold or hot flashes

With respect to emotional signs of the symptoms of fear and phobias, some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Feeling a sense of panic or anxiety
  • Feeling the need to escape
  • Feeling detached from yourself or reality
  • Feeling that you are losing control
  • Feeling you may pass out
  • Being aware that you are overreacting but being powerless to stop your current actions or feelings

Causes of fears & phobias

The cause of a fear or phobia can occur at any point in life and while there is often a traumatic event or moment behind a fear or phobia, this is not always the case. Specific phobias, such as a fear of heights, are more likely to be related to a particular issue, commonly a negative experience from childhood. There are also more complex phobias and these are phobias which have been developed and built up in a person’s mind. Research is still continuing in the hope of finding reasons as to why people react in a certain manner but with the human mind being such a complex thing in its own right, there is no agreed reason or factor in why people suffer many of the complex fears or phobias.

Statistics of fears & phobias

Statistics released by the Office for National Statistics indicated that close to 2% of all British adults suffer from some form of phobia. It is believed that females are twice as likely to suffer from a phobia as males are.